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Pretty Girls

Written by: Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: Kathleen Early
Length: 20 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.

Included with this gripping thriller is Karin Slaughter's chilling short story "Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes."

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.  (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Pretty Girls

Although the subject matter was evil it was well written. Lots of twists and turns. Not for the faint of heart for sure.

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"the gore" wasn't even bad *eyeroll*

People who reviewed this totally exaggerated the graphic violence. I was preparing for the worst but decided to get the book anyway. I loved the plot and the twists, the narrator was great and its a really good read. Starts off a bit slow but you'll find yourself wanting to listen non-stop

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Blew me away-First KS novel

This book was beyond expectations. I have never written a review but Karen Slaughter deserves this. I have now read 5 KS books and just bought my 6th!

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Sadistic and patronizing writing

Besides torture porn this book offers little. Dull and repetitive. The most annoying is when the writer explains what just happened for the second or third time.

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Too violent for me.

Sorry snuff porn is not for me, scary real! This is stuff I don’t want to think about.

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Riveting

Listening to this book in my car was sometimes scary if I was driving after dark. The characters are well developed and the plot is varied. Enjoyed it!!

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Too graphic, gory, sick and detailed for me.

The detailed and twisted sick gore was just too much. Performance was very good though.

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this was my 1st Karin Slaughter book and hooked!

I listened while driving to and from work. Was so hooked that I would listen in the driveway, cooking, I Highly recommend this book! Narrator is Brilliant.Loved it.

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  • 2020-03-13

Graphic, suspenseful and disturbing!

Karen Slaughter has once again written a novel that is both suspenseful and disturbing. She has managed to create characters that have been pulled into the seedier side of life. You cannot help but feel compassion for them while at the same time wanting to slap them silly for being so gullible.

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I hated this

I don’t know what genre of writing this is but I was not prepared. I googled reviews and had no detail of the “gore” mentioned. The writing was extremely graphic and those who don’t think so should think about why that is. I’ll admit I got pulled into the writing and the narrator was good, but at some point it clicked and I was deeply horrified at the story. I couldn’t finish the audio book, but I did look up the ending because I can’t leave a story unfinished. Couldn’t bring myself to read more than the spark notes though. 🤢

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  • Hillary
  • 2016-02-01

Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

Pretty Girls kept popping up as a recommendation but I guess I kept skipping it because so many of the reviews mention disgusting scenes of violent rape. It doesn't take much for me to squirm and that is definitely not a topic that I can think of lightly.
Despite all that, the story itself sounded good to me and I felt like I hadn't heard a truly suspenseful thriller in a long time, so I decided to finally give it a shot.
First things first, the reviews are absolutely true. You're made to immediately like characters that find their way into a violent killing. Then further down the line it gets worse. If you plan on reading this book, do prepare yourself for some seriously, seriously messed up stuff. Ive never had to take so many breaks from a book.
The reason I didn't stop listening, though, is that he story felt like it had a lot of unfolding to do and I wanted to know where all this was going.
The gruesome details are really spread throughout the book, so there isn't any avoiding them, but the story has lots of twists and was incredibly suspenseful during multiple chapters. It really kept me on my toes.
All in all, I did enjoy the thrilling story, but I can't "unsee" the disturbing images painted in my head. That definitely doesn't sound like a recommendation does it?
Narrator was excellent

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  • moviegal
  • 2017-07-21

Disgusting waste of credit

I finished this horrible recording to see if it somehow redeemed itself- but it did not. The story and characters are intriguing at first, but it drags on and on with minutia, corny similes and the most gruesome violence and sadistic torture, mutilation and rape. I was literally rolling my eyes and skipping chapters because it got so repulsive, the characters grew more and more ridiculously shallow/ like cartoon characters- the narrator has some interesting variations of different voices, but the writing is so awful, it's impossible to appreciate the narration. This novel was repeatedly popping up as recommended for me blah blah...and DID NOT indicate on the summary that it contained such graphic descriptions of women being tortured and raped. I am disappointed about that. I WILL NOT listen to anything else written by this psycho author.

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  • AndreaZoo
  • 2016-11-27

Wish I could erase the graphic torture scenes replayed over and over in this book.

I could not finish the book. The exhaustive and repetitive torture scenes took up hours of the plot. Explicitly graphic sadistic imagery was used as a substitute for a good plot and engaging characters.

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  • MarlsBarkley
  • 2016-12-01

Too disturbing to finish

This story starts out interesting enough but it turns dark quickly and drags on and on with more gore and porn than actual story..couldn't finish!

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  • Boysmom
  • 2016-08-18

Fantastic listen. Ignore bad reviews!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Once I started My To Do list got ditched and I could not stop listening.

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I can not figure out why this book got so many bad reviews claiming it as too gory and the sexual violence was too much. The writer only included enough to make you realize how bad the perpetrator was. Without it you would never have known or gotten the full effect of the story. If you tend to be very sensitive to this subject matter, don't listen to this book. If you are not, you will probably love it!

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  • kym dixon
  • 2017-07-07

Awful graphic details, no interest in finishing

The story would of been just as good without the details of torturing/ murder of women

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  • Dana
  • 2016-11-10

Terrible!

Don't waste your time and money. The content was vulgar. I'm sorry I used a credit.

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  • Pip
  • 2017-11-17

F**€ this book! Horrific

I wish i could erase it from my brain, i'm seriously traumatized by this horrific story. There are some major triggers in this. Rape, sexual torture, kidnap, sniff porn, i mean it's seriously messed up. The author did a good job with the characters and i guess i wanted there to be some resolution, hence why i kept listening. This was a mistake however, it just kept getting more horrible until it ended. Think carefully before you take this one on!

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  • Shasta
  • 2015-12-15

Needs a trigger warning and better description

It's pretty much 15 hours of super detailed rape. Don't get this book if you want to listen to a snarky lady make fun of cheerleader moms.

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  • Mary
  • 2015-12-02

Too graphically violent.

I kept waiting for the graphic sexual violence, and the repetitive depressing descriptions of the traumatic aftermath to end so the book could get on with its twists and turns. But the misery and violence was just too awful for me to hear over and over. I had to stop half way although I would have loved to know how the crime unraveled. There should be a warning on the cover of books like these. Thank heavens I had no trauma history myself to be triggered.

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